Don’t Let Your Leftovers, Take Over!
There is plenty of leftover food that gets stored in our refrigerators or food items we just never got around to using (or couldn’t find) that can cause some really bad smells and that – can be just a bit disturbing.
I don’t know about you but I’ve opened some refrigerators and the smell can just knock my socks off and completely make me lose my appetite.
So if you go poking your head in someone’s refrigerator and it smells a bit putrefied, whether it’s yours or not, it’s time to tell someone that now is a good time to clean the refrigerator. I mean mold, bacteria and mildew growing within the fridge is not a place I want to be grabbing my food from.
If the fridge is stinking, your option is to give it a good cleaning. Completely go through it and toss old foods and condiments. Clean the inside, take out the drawers (clean them out and underneath). Wipe everything dry when you’re done and put only the good stuff back in.
Tips for Keeping Your Refrigerator Smelling Odor Free
These are probably no brainer tips but I’m going to list them anyway.
- Clean up spills as soon as they happen and adopt a policy where whoever spills, cleans it up, no waiting until Mom gets home. Unless someone really needs your help because a drawer needs to come out.
- Store your food in covered containers and be sure to put the lid on all the way. If you’re covering a plate of food, make sure the saran wrap covers the dish (which usually means using two pieces of saran wrap). I have also found some stretch to fit food covers that work very nicely. (these pretty much look like a shower cap and they can be reused)
- Monitor your leftovers. Really only a couple of days should go by before you toss them out and if you’re just not the kind of family that eats leftovers then don’t keep them. I know people that never eat leftovers but hate to waste, so the food gets stored and forgotten about.
- Monitor the temperature. Most refrigerators are pretty good at keeping a consistent temperature but if yours is being opened and closed all day or if someone doesn’t close the door, it could change the temperature settings and spoil food.
- Keep an open box of baking soda in the back of the refrigerator to help keep it fresh and replace it every 3 months.
Cleaning the fridge doesn’t have to be a hard task nor a long task but it really should be done at least a couple of times throughout the year, more if you’re a large family.